Re: how long does it take for xanax to work?
Yes, xanax is one of the fastest acting anxiety drugs. It will take time to get used to, and some people (me included) are very sensitive to it. After taking it, I just feel tired and worthless, but at least the anxiety is gone. Lorexapam(ativan) is another one I use on occasion. It doesn't work "as" fast, but still within 20 minutes, and it allows me to stay semi-focused and not fall asleep. I agree with the last post, don't drink alcohol until you know how the drugs affect you...it will make you drunker and faster, and overdose could stop your breathing.
P.S. Stay away from GRAPEFRUITS, as they can cause food-drug interaction, which can cause some bad problems...I believe for both xanax and ativan no grapefruits/grapefruit juice should be ingested. For some reason, orange and other citrus fruits seem to be ok.